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Milk Punch

Although most folks associate New Orleans with the French, not the Irish, the city is typically American in having its own rich Irish heritage. Inside the Irish Cultural Museum, the St. Patrick’s Coffee House serves its Margaret’s Milk Punch exclusively on St. Patrick’s Day. It’s named for Margaret Haugherty, a mid-19th Century Irishwoman who was both an orphan and then a widow, but endured to become a wealthy businesswoman, and who set up a dairy specifically to supply orphans with free milk.

Margaret’s Milk Punch, cocktail on irish art table

Margaret’s Milk Punch

Margaret’s Milk Punch


• 2 oz. whole milk

• 1/2 oz. heavy cream

• 1 1/2 oz. Irish whiskey (preferably Bourbon barrel conditioned)

• 1/2 oz. light brown Louisiana sugar cane simple syrup

• Vanilla

• Ground cinnamon

• Cinnamon stick (for garnish)

Preparation: Fill 10 oz. glass with ice, then add the ingredients and stir. Then garnish with cinnamon stick.